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  • Matt Hill 4:39 pm on January 31, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: abstract, , , time   

    Time Abstractions 

    I am working on a daytime process for creating time abstractions. Not ready to discuss method yet because it’s simply an experiment. Enjoy!









  • Matt Hill 12:14 am on March 21, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: colchester, lomo petzval, , uk   

    Night in Colchester, UK 

    I was fortunate to be on a business trip in the uK this week. Sorry I missed Sunday post date, but her dis some of the night out I had. I am still dating the LOMO Petzval lens – learning its strengths while shooting at night. I think that having some flare, a repeating patter and shooting nearly aid open, help accentuate it’s special bokeh qualities:












    • Jeff 3:00 am on March 28, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Now these are really doing it for me, the second one and the last three especially. There’s something nice about the second with the reflections adding texture to the image but not cluttering up the focus. I think that’s what I like about the statue shots as well, the texture from the lens flare really works in monochrome here.

  • Matt Hill 7:34 am on March 2, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: lomography petzval art lens, test   

    Playing with the Petzval Lens in Vegas 

    So I haven’t had a chance to really get to know my new Lomo Petzval lens. It’s unique characteristics best show up when you have a background both out of crocus and with repeating in pattern. Like leaves and foliage. Or lots of pinpoint light sources. And focusing is fun with the manual aperture plates.

    Here are some arty stacks I did of the light beam coming up from the Luxor whilst standing int he MGM parking lot by the convention center. Downtown night stars clearly visible.

    _MHP3957-Edit _MHP3960-Edit-Edit _MHP3960-Edit


    I think the lens is a little soft (not razor sharp like modern commercial lenses) so I use less Structure when processing the images. The color version looks very natural to me and the B/W versions interesting.

    Here are some daylight images for reference, not so much art. Gabe and Dave shot portraits of each other – I did not shoot the people photos. But they show the lens is great for people!

    _MHP3924-Edit _MHP3925-Edit _MHP3928-Edit

    and some non-people shots which I did shoot while outside the hotel:



    _MHP3902-Edit _MHP3915-Edit

    _MHP3946-Edit _MHP3953-Edit

    • Jeff 2:58 am on March 28, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      I like the color better than the monochrome here, the blue tones are rendered really well. I think this lens works better on the people than the architecture, but that may be your DOF in those shots, I’m not sure.

  • Matt Hill 3:45 am on February 4, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: arches national park, , , sedona,   

    Arches and Sedona 

    I wanted to start off with a bang, but here I am a few weeks later. My picks from a mini road trip:




    • Jeff 8:55 pm on March 27, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      This is the part of my day where I express wonder at how great these are. True, you’re starting with an awesome location, but that first one uses negative space really, really well. All those textures in the second blend fantastically together and I think my favorite thing about #3 is the little line of lights from a street that’s pointing up at Polaris. The wide aperture really brings a nice sense of scale to the shot.

  • Matt Hill 3:56 am on January 6, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Central Park in the Snow – Night Photography 

    Happy New Year, everyone! I am back with a vengeance, and committed to weekly art. Look for an email! In the meantime, please enjoy these photos without which an invitation from Jeff McCrum would not have happened. Thanks, Jeff.









    • Jeff 8:50 pm on January 13, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Having seen your stuff and having seen my stuff, I would love to talk more with you about your post processing with Nik. I really dig the midtones that you bring out that end up becoming such great storytellers.

  • Matt Hill 12:00 am on October 7, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , sketching   

    Mashup: Cut Paper Art and sketchy-ness 

    I call it Sine Wars. Why? Dunno.


    Anyway, I’m back. Sorry, I left y’all floating. I’m here and done with getting over my burnout after the live show.

    Here is a closeup of some of the detail:



    [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xxx3k5gGwnE]
    • Marty 3:35 am on October 7, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Matt…Great to hear you’re out of your burnout and great to see your paper-cut art again. Like it overall and very much like the title you gave your piece. Very cool!! I do like the color lines you added giving the piece dimension and expression. Are the colors meant to represent something in your piece? Just curious!!

  • Matt Hill 4:41 pm on July 20, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: dhr,   

    My first NPy HDR Photos 

    Sorry I have been a little absent lately, folks. Been feeling very under the weather.

    Here are three photos I shot last night in Gantry Park with Gabe. I was experimenting with HDR at night and using Trigger Trap, which failed big time after a bit.






    • danielbairdmiller 10:37 pm on July 20, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Is this sickness as a result of gamma radiation? I’m thinking you should stay sick if your busting out these images. They are really awesome. The color casts are great. Really love the third one. Awesome job. (Glad your feeling better )

      • Matt Hill 2:56 pm on July 23, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, Dan! No, it’s undetermined but I am feeling a little better. I’m amazed at the reception of these three HDR images are getting. Hmmmm. I may have to give up on my “do it all in camera” attitude. (snicker…)

  • Matt Hill 4:34 pm on June 17, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Paper Burlesque on FILM 

    I was in Puerto Rico last week – sorry I decided to go computerless.

    Here are the film shots from Paper Burlesque. LOVE these.























  • Matt Hill 11:32 am on May 28, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: community, FEEBACK   

    How are WE doing?

    I am not out of the tunnel vision of doing an exhibition and live show and I notice that WoA is weak on the weekly postings? Questions:

    1) Do we still enjoy this stimulating approach to productive creativity, or has it run its course?

    2) Should at least 3 posts per mont be mandated, or else wise members should be asked to bump it up?

    3) Is this just life getting in the way?

    4) Apologies for canceling the last Salon, but it was necessary. Did this kill enthusiasm? Will be come in force to the next one at Jeff’s place?

    I am very interested in your answers, please comment. I love WoA and all of our members. I want this it get strong again if it is indeed useful and stimulating and productive.

    • noravrublevska 12:19 am on June 1, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Not sure… I’m looking forward to the salon at Jeff’s place. As always, sharing and feedback in person are much more effective.

    • Sharon 1:47 am on June 5, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Hi Matt I’m glad you posted this! I was thinking about it too! I think that the last salon was so fun and positive in person that it just did not feel the same posting online anymore (if that makes any sense at all! haha). Life getting in the way is also an issue at the moment. I’ve been working on some personal work sporadically in between client work, but I’d like to share it when it is done and don’t really want to post anything half way through. In that sense of things, I’ve been finding it hard to post something I like weekly because in between client work and some other things it’s been hard to a. produce new work every week and b. produce new post-worthy work every week. I really like where our salons are going and the idea of having projects to work on and presenting them to the group. It feels a bit safer than posting unfinished work online (maybe now that I’m doing photography full time, I’ve gotten overly cautious about work that I put online because it’s all essentially a “portfolio”, which is kind of unfortunate!-doesn’t leave too much room for experimentation). I think life has just been bogging us down a bit! I actually came on here to let you guys know that I will not be able to post until the end of June because I’m leaving Thursday for a few weeks! Interested to hear the others thoughts!

    • danielbairdmiller 5:04 pm on June 7, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Hey Matt, I agree with the in person critiques are way nicer overall. And Yes, as most of us, I’m lacking at posting. I’d like to have a hard choice to post, for me, It will structure me a bit better. Unfortunately life is definately getting in the way. I think we can hopefully brainstorm at the next salon about if there are better ways to facilitate and encourage posting more up on the internet since we all don’t live in the same building to share work and ideas.
      Im really excited for the next salon meeting. I’ve got to get my butt in gear too, With school then moving last week to a bigger apartment, I am determined to suck less at posting.

  • Matt Hill 3:05 am on May 23, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Paper Burlesque – digital photos 

    The madness is over! Mabel and I, and all of the wonderful artist performers triumphed. It was a magical evening.

    So I have a conundrum. I want to use selective color but I’ve always found it cheesy.

    Huge thanks to Jeff and Shehab for filming this event – that will come in time after I edit it all together…

    So scattered among all of these photos are some I’ve worked over to try and be subtle about it. Lemme know what you like best (if possible  it’s a ton of photos), and whether you prefer strait-up black-and-white or a touch of color.

    Film shots form 6×7 and 4×5″ to come.





    (MANY) more after the break.

    (More …)

    • Sharon 5:06 pm on May 25, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Everything was fantastic! The costumes were so detailed and beautiful! I also loved the fans and all of the other beautiful accessories. Great job guys!

    • danielbairdmiller 5:12 pm on June 7, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      I really think that the images that are the strongest stand out on their own. The color is arbitrary for me. My favorite is # 65, it reminds me of some of Duane Michaels work.

      Also, here is my edit of just going through what worked for me. You posted a lot, so im giving you a lot of choices 😉

      It looked like a blast! next stop show in boston? :)

      • Matt Hill 9:46 pm on June 17, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Agreed about the color being a non-issue. B/W for the win!

        Thanks for the specific feedback – I REALLY appreciate it. I felt like I didn’t shoot enough but it feels like it was overshot!

        Many are asking that we put on a show again, so who knows where it will next be…

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